Pattaya Bum replies to
I find KS’s reply to my letter in the 30 November
Pattaya Mail quite disturbing. I’m always amazed at how “progress”
is seen as the “farang way” of going things. I have lived in Pattaya
off and on for 10 years now raising my Thai daughter here. As I have come
to know and understand Thailand, in my observation, educated Thais want to
learn the “farang way” of doing things because they understand the
benefits, both to their health and pocketbook. As in any culture, Thais
will add a local flavor. I find the tone of the first paragraph of KS’s
letter somewhat condescending towards the Thai people, as he seems to
equate lack of law enforcement by Pattaya officials with a lack of ability
by Thai people.
I sometimes wonder if many of the foreigners living
here don’t want Thailand to progress forward. Maybe western society has
become too complex for these people so they seek refuge in the chaos here.
But then these same people seem to look down on Thai people. I must admit
that sometimes I find things frustrating, but I don’t confuse the 4th
world mentality of Thai leaders, who fear that any change may alter their
hold on power, with that of the 3rd world status of the Thai people. Thais
are not stupid, just subjected to substandard education by the noble /
serf mentality of corrupt leaders and the foreign businessmen who buy them
off. When schooled in the West, Thais do quite well. Many times it is the
“farang business owner” or Thai leaders that have “personal”
considerations that make Thais look bad and ensure the average Thai cannot
better himself socially or financially. Given the opportunity, Thais are
basically good people who would like to better themselves. Because of the
amount of foreign money in Pattaya, Pattaya attracts the worst of Thai
society. But, one thing is certain, Thais are taught to be law abiding. If
the Thai authorities enact and enforce proper laws, Thais will comply.
The best thing westerners can do for Thais on a daily
basis is to show them western standards. We westerners know better than to
run red lights or talk on hand phones while driving. We know it’s
dangerous to put 5 people on a scooter or hand the keys to a 10 year old.
We know when to use headlights and the problems associated with double
parking. It is westerners that have shoved western technology down the
throats of the Thai people for our benefit. We have a responsibility to
give Thais the benefit of what we have learned in the use of this
technology. This includes what we know about the environmental impact of
diesel buses, building substandard road surfaces, and poor water
management, but the use of protective gear, seat belts, appropriate speed,
etc., are important concepts that westerners should be providing an
example of every day.
For the benefit of KS, I’m in my mid 40’s and use
my motorcycle almost exclusively. The car is only appropriate for trips to
the market as in general most Pattaya streets were not created with
extensive automobile use in mind. Since KS mentions Soi 13, he must have
trouble getting his auto down this “alley”. Two-way traffic on Soi 13
is no problem for motor-scooters. Maybe, Soi 13 and similar streets,
should be for motorcycle traffic only? I would also suspect KS doesn’t
like my suggestion that Pattaya should do away with on street parking for
automobiles. But, us “rich” farangs and Thais can afford off-street
parking or in my case I have a driver. KS must also dislike baht buses as
he seems to think putting 250 drivers out of work is better than getting
rid of the ‘big buses’ that destroy streets and pollute Pattaya while
making rich businessmen even richer. Ban the big buses and the baht buses
could then ferry the junket tourist around thus providing greater
employment to Pattaya residents helping the local economy. I’m not
against making money, but I am against exploitation.
KS, hopefully you will consider the following. Many
children in Pattaya are the abandoned children of westerners. KS, since
you apparently have time available to play golf and count baht buses, may
I suggest putting some of that time to better use in one of the many
charitable activities helping Pattaya children. Doing my small part in
educating the next generation of Thais to help them to take their proper
place in a high tech world is why I plan on seeing my dream come true.
Double standards on
Your article in Vol IX No 50 ‘Entertainment crackdown
continues’ shows Chonburi deputy governor Phisid Boonchuang and his
inspection team, hot on the trail of would be offenders outside Tesco/Lotus.
Maybe the deputy governor and his ‘team’ would have more success in the
back soi’s of Pattaya than the car park at Tesco’s!
There seems to be a double standard developing here in
Pattaya where the tourist entertainment establishments are being targeted
and the more ‘seedy’ Thai type bars in the back soi’s of Pattaya seem
to be open for business as usual. For example, [a pub] in Soi Bongkot is
regularly open until 5 a.m. When ‘Pattaya’s finest’ were informed of
this, we were told that nothing could be done as the establishment was
leased and run by one of their ‘colleagues’.
Whatever the law is, there should not be a double
standard, 2 a.m. or 5 a.m., farang or Thai, the same for all. Next time the
deputy governor and his team visit, maybe he will be able to find his way
out of the Tesco’s car park and into the real Pattaya.
A rare sight indeed
I took a picture this week in Pattaya of a rare sight
indeed! Taken in Soi Nern Plubhwan off Sukhumvit Road opposite Central Road:
A BUS STOP WITH BUS WAITING! Is this part of the new social order?
I was highly amused to read the opinion of the Commander
of Chonburi Provincial Police Bureau in response to the arrest of 815
prostitutes on Pattaya Beach walkway between January and November 2001
(Pattaya Mail 21st December). He is reported to have said that the
“figures indicate a staggering problem”.
If the commander, or anyone else for that matter, were to
walk along the walkway at night, they would see the true picture of
Pattaya’s decadence. There are well over 100 freelance prostitutes every
night! The police are arresting on average just over 2%. What about the
Those that are arrested, then fined, are back on the
walkway within minutes, hoping to recoup their losses. It would surely make
sense for repeat offenders to receive more severe penalties on each occasion
they are arrested. Only in this way will the problem be eradicated.
Updated every Friday
Copyright 2001 Pattaya Mail Publishing Co.Ltd.
370/7-8 Pattaya Second Road, Pattaya City, Chonburi 20260, Thailand
Tel. 66-38 411 240-1, 413 240-1, Fax: 66-38 427 596
Chinnaporn Sangwanlek, assisted by Boonsiri Suansuk.
in the Mailbag of Pattaya Mail
are also on our website.
noticed that the letters herein in no way reflect the opinions of the editor or writers
for Pattaya Mail, but are unsolicited letters from our readers, expressing their
own opinions. No anonymous letters or those without genuine addresses are printed, and,
whilst we do not object to the use of a nom de plume, preference will be given to those